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CAN tasks FG on graft, says Boko Haram still potent

By Karls Tsokar, Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze (Abuja) and Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri)
11 November 2016   |   1:01 am
The recent killing of six soldiers in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists shows that the country is yet to defeat the sect, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Samson Ayokunle

Samson Ayokunle

•Three killed in fresh blasts, GSK donates to IDPs
•Military denies using mercenaries in anti-terror fight

The recent killing of six soldiers in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists shows that the country is yet to defeat the sect, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Its president, Reverend Samson Ayokunle who spoke yesterday in Abuja, said the emergence of Donald Trump as U.S. President-elect would restore the lost morality in America.

Addressing reporters at the opening ceremony of the 29th General Assembly of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Ayokunle who stressed the need to sustain the fight against corruption in Nigeria, said graft appears to be endemic in society, adding that all the sectors of the economy had been infested by malaise.

To the president of Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Emmanuel Udofia, the nation needs to return to God if it must come out of its current sorry state.

Also yesterday, the state Police Commissioner, Demian Chukwu, said the force was collaborating with other security agencies to avert the incessant bomb explosions in the metropolis.

He spoke against the backdrop of Tuesday’s killing of three people in Goleri village.However, the military high command has denied using mercenaries in the fight against insurgents in the North East, saying the report is “not only mischievous and unfounded but also lacks merit and far from the truth.”

There had been reports in certain quarters alluding that the Defence Headquarters was contemplating to put a pressure President Muhammadu Buhari to accede to the use of South African mercenaries to dislodge the remnants of the sect

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar in a communication with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, maintained that the military was equal to the occasion.

Meanwhile, a pharmaceutical firm, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, has donated 14,802 units of Horlicks nutritional health drinks and Colart anti-malarial drugs worth about N5 million to cater for the health needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The firm noted that the donation was a demonstration of its commitment to an improved the wellbeing of inmates and address the issue of malnutrition among children living in the camps.

Making the presentation to the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia in Maiduguri, the company’s Communication and Engagement Manager, Bolaji Sanyaolu, said the intervention was to contribute to efforts to improve the wellbeing of displaced persons in camps and the communities. She noted that the products would help mitigate some of the nutritional and health challenges facing inmates.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Dr. Thomas Bollinger, urged the beneficiaries to put the relief materials into good use.

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